Victorian Australian of the Year

Victorian Australian of the Year

Victorian Australian of the YearEach year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia.

The Awards honour an exceptional group of highly-respected Australians who ignite discussion and change on issues of national importance.


In choosing the recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards, regard is given to the nominee's achievements in the year immediately prior to receiving the award, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the Australian community and nation.

The Australian of the Year Awards provides all Australians with the opportunity to recognise someone who makes them proud in four categories:

Melbourne Australian of the Year
Melbourne Senior Australian of the Year (those aged 65 years or over)
Melbourne Young Australian of the Year (ages 16 to 30)
Melbourne Australia's Local Hero

The Awards operates at two levels - state/territory and national. State and territory selection committees select four nominees for each award category, with one of these nominees being announced as the state/territory award recipient. The National Australia Day Council Board select the Australians of the Year from the group of 32 State and Territory recipients. Follow the links for more information on the selection criteria and how recipients are chosen.

The prestigious year round program culminates in the announcement of the national award recipients in Canberra on Australia Day Eve.

The Australian of the Year Awards is a program of the National Australia Day Council.

2019 Victorian Australian of the Year

Australian of the Year

Mr Mark Sullivan

Founder and managing director of not-for-profit Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH), Mark and his team develop medicines based on public health rather than commercial needs. MDGH received a world first FDA approval for its new medicine, moxidectin, which treats river blindness, a debilitating disease endemic amongst the world's poorest people.

Senior Australian of the Year

Ms Alison Harcourt

As a woman in mathematics and statistics, Alison Harcourt's seminal work was overlooked. She is now best known for developing integer linear programming, the basis of efficient computer processing. Her other research, on the poverty line and randomisation of ballot papers, led to a Royal Commission and electoral law changes.

Young Australian of the Year

Dr Skye Kinder

Dr Skye Kinder has dedicated her career to improving the health of rural and other marginalised patients throughout Australia. As a passionate advocate, she brings awareness of rural health issues to local, national and international audiences, through her research, ongoing speaking engagements, press appearances, workshops, and articles.

Local Hero

Ms Carol Matthews

In 2009 Carol Matthews home was destroyed and her 22-year-old son Sam was killed in the Black Saturday bushfires. Since then, Carol has advocated for emotional preparedness to be included in bushfire preparation. She was the lead litigant in the biggest class-action in Australian history, securing a record $500 million settlement for bushfire survivors.

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